Grand Rapids, MI – On June 12, during its annual membership meeting, BIFMA announced three new directors and a new president-elect to its Board of Directors.

Lynn Utter, President and COO of Knoll North America, is the newly elected Vice President/President-Elect and will take over the position of president in June 2014.

BIFMA also announced the election of three new directors; Roger Arciniega (Momentum Group), Curt Pullen (Herman Miller), Mark Rhoades (Highmark).

•Roger Arciniega is the CEO of Momentum Group. Momentum Textiles has witnessed continuous growth during Arciniega’s tenure due to its constant emphasis on quality and service.

•Curt Pullen, Executive Vice President and President of Herman Miller North America, has been with the company since 1991. He assumed several financial roles in the company, including CFO, before taking on his current position.

•Mark Rhoades, President and CEO of Highmark, has been with Highmark since August 2011 and was president of Fluidmaster Inc. for three years before his current position.

The BIFMA board is pleased to welcome these new directors and also extends its sincere appreciation to retiring members Brian Walker (Herman Miller) and Bill Bundy (Trendway) for their years of service on the board.

Advisory Councils

The BIFMA board of directors has reorganized into four advisory councils to establish organizational priorities, resource allocation, and interaction with BIFMA committee volunteers. The councils are:

•Health, Safety, Sustainability & Performance of the Workplace - Working to enhance the potential of the workplace in the economy and in society, it will focus on health, safety, sustainability, and performance of the work environment.

•Information & Learning - Working to provide informational and educational opportunities to member organizations and other stakeholders to advance BIFMA as the “go to” resource for industry information, data, positions, and point of view.

•Industry Outreach - Working to strengthen BIFMA’s brand leadership position with member organizations and all internal and external stakeholder audiences. It will be the champion and advocate on behalf of the furniture industry.

•Finance & Administration - Provides administrative and financial guidance and oversight in support of the BIFMA staff regarding the operations and management of the association.


BIFMA is the trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA’s role has been to sponsor the development and refining of current and future standards, educate on their importance and application, and translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and implemented formats. BIFMA also monitors the state of the industry, serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts with international counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.

Source: BIFMA


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